What we're all about
TRUTH - HONOR - COMPASSION - SERVICE
We are a non-denominational uniformed service organization that operates on the basis of both faith and reason. We believe that by being a positive force for good in the world we can be a better representation of Jesus and spread the faith through actions rather than just through words, we affectionately call this "applied ministry".
It is our belief and our goal that in order to have an impact on the world we need to be out in it serving others, doing good, and living out our faith every single day. We want to show people what faith is all about and why a relationship with Jesus is such a wonderful thing.
To accomplish this goal we seek to go out into the world, serving both on a local and global scale. Our organization is structured around this principle.
The Central Aid Agency (or C.A.A. for short) is a Christ-centered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit non-governmental service organization (NGO) with five main areas of focus:
The Central Aid Agency first became a registered non-profit organization in January of 2010, but had been conducting regular operations since early 2008. The concept that later became the Central Aid Agency had been around for many years prior to it becoming an official non-profit organization, and was inspired in part by great service organizations like the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Salvation Army, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Red Cross.
Incident Command System
The Central Aid Agency implements Incident Command System (ICS) within its organizational and command structure. ICS is an effective way of organizing operations and allows better integration with other agencies. C.A.A. personnel within different roles are required to be trained to different levels of ICS proficiency, with personnel involved in Emergency Response operations having the highest training requirements. All Commissioned Officers and NCO's, regardless of assignment, are required to complete basic training in ICS.
Because of how well trained and equipped C.A.A. personnel are, it often comes as a surprise to many that our organization is almost entirely self-funded. Although we gladly welcome any donations (donations allow us to purchase additional critical equipment and training beyond what our limited budget can afford), the majority of our funding currently comes from fundraisers and our Affiliate company Training Solutions International.
Central Aid Agency Flags and Emblems
Service Marks (also called "Racing Stripes") are used on maritime / marine vehicles and are typically placed forward on the hull near the bow.